Thursday 31 July 2014

today's weather Today's Weather
Scattered showers will be heavy and thundery this afternoon and evening. Drier spells too, best in the west and south.

Tonight's Weather
Mainly dry with broken cloud early tonight but outbreaks of rain will move in to the southwest and spread across the southern half of the country as the night goes on. Light to moderate, mainly southwesterly breezes overnight with lowest temperatures ranging 11 to 13 degrees.

today's weather Tomorrow
Rain will clear eastwards early on Friday morning, leaving a mixture of sunny intervals and scattered showers for the day. However, rain may return to the south and southeast of the country during the evening. Winds will become light to moderate, west to northwest and it will feel fresher overall, highest temperatures 16 to 19 degrees.

3 Day Outlook
The showers will largely die out on Friday night, but some may linger along the east coast. A cool night in the west of the country with lows of 7 to 9 degrees. Cloud in the east will keep it slightly milder.

A dry, bright start to Saturday but showers will return later in the morning and during the afternoon. They will be heavy and thundery especially in the east of the country, but will die away later in the evening. Mild with highs of 17 to 19 degrees, in light northwest winds. Dry and cool overnight with lows of 8 to 11 degrees.

Rain will affect parts of Connacht and Ulster on Sunday, with some heavy falls possible. It will be drier and brighter elsewhere. Highs of 16 to 19 degrees in moderate westerly winds.

Bank-holiday Monday will start dry in many areas, apart from a little drizzle. It looks like rain will move into the south coast in the morning and slowly spread northwards during the rest of the day. Mild and humid with highs of 18 to 21 degrees in a moderate southerly breezes.

Irish Water Safety - Stay within your depth when swimming in open water
Irish Water Safety is appealing to the public to stay within their depth when swimming in open water during this current spell of hot weather, following an analysis of the thirteen drownings in last year's heat wave.

  • Swim at Lifeguarded waterways - www.iws.ie/bathing-areas-page.html
  • If there is no Lifeguarded waterway nearby then swim at a recognized, traditional bathing area
  • Swim within your depth - stay within your depth
  • Use local knowledge to determine local hazards and safest areas to swim
  • Ensure that ringbuoys are present
  • Make sure that the edges are shallow shelving so that you can safely and easily enter and exit the water
  • Only drink alcohol after your aquatic activity has ended. Stay Away From The Edge after you consume alcohol
  • Never bring inflatable toys or floating killers to beaches, lakes or rivers

The majority of drownings, 62%, occur inland where river and lake beds can be difficult to see and therefore extremely difficult to determine if you are swimming within your depth. The onset of cramp, combined with the panicked realisation that you are out of your depth can have tragic consequences and be compounded further by the muscle cooling effect of longer periods in open water. Bear in mind that in a recent analysis on drowning over the last 25 years we discovered that 32% of drowning victims had consumed alcohol so stay away from water when you have been drinking.

  • Shout to the casualty and encourage them to shore. This may orientate them just enough
  • Reach out with a long object such a branch or a piece of clothing but do not enter the water yourself
  • Throw a ringbuoy or any floating object and call 112 for the coast guard